My raspberry pi

The raspberry pi is an awesome device. It’s affordable, it’s a media center, a web server, very slow and doesn’t use much electricity. It’s also a very good looking piece of hardware. Fits your living room!

pi-1

pi-2

This post is about how mine is configured!

The services

  • Xbmc (installed as raspbmc): a powerful media center, running on Debian.
  • Transmission: A minimalistic torrent client.
  • CouchPotato: Software that searches the movies you want and starts to download them as soon as they come available.
  • BitTorrent Sync: Dropbox like service, easy way to backup folders on multiple computers.
  • Samba: Share a hard disk to the local network.

The place

My pi lives next to my TV. It’s powered by a 5V 2A power supply. It has a 8 gb sd card and their is a 2 TB external usb hard drive attached.

Connected

I use Putty to modify raspbmc via ssh, Yatse android app to control Xbmc. When needed I can connect an external keyboard because I still have 1 usb port over.

Security

As you could possibly open up some ports to the internet, you will want to secure your raspberry pi.

Install

I won’t list the complete process but refer to guides I followed.

0. Static IP

http://choorucode.com/2012/08/14/how-to-assign-a-static-ip-address-to-raspbmc/

1. Raspbmc

First we need to install raspbmc on the pi: http://www.raspbmc.com/wiki/user/windows-installation/.

2. CouchPotato, Transmission

3. BitTorrent Sync

4. Enable samba

You can do this in the xbmc interface.

5. Dynamic Dns

http://www.techjawab.com/2013/06/setup-dynamic-dns-dyndns-for-free-on.html

XBMC tweaks

  1. By default, if there is no hdmi connected on boot, it won’t enable hdmi. That’s ridiculous!

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